Educational Resources in Q'eqchi', the Mayan Language of the Future

Category: General Interest

Now available: Q’eqchi’ Mayan Dictionary-2nd Edition

Q'eqchi' Mayan Dictionary; Second edition, Revised and expanded
Q’eqchi’ Mayan Dictionary.
Bilingual: Q’eqchi’~English; English~Q’eqchi’
New edition coming in March 2021.
Extensively revised and expanded.

This new edition of the Q’eqchi’ Mayan Dictionary builds upon the first version with the addition of thousands more words along with over 2,400 example sentences from authoritative sources. New to this edition also are sense differentiations and subentries to headwords showing related terms and phrases. There are three principal sections:

  • SECTION I – Section 1 contains a simple introduction to Q’eqchi’ orthography and pronunciation for English speakers that are new to Q’eqchi’, as well as a comprehensive overview of Q’eqchi’ grammar that outlines the principal parts of speech and how they are formed into proper inflections, conjugations, and sentences.
  • SECTION II – Section II is an alphabetical list of over 10,000 Q’eqchi’ words and phrases followed by their parts of speech and English equivalent(s). This section contains over 1,000 illustrations along with extensive notes on Q’eqchi’ history and culture.
  • SECTION III – Section III is a reversal index that contains an alphabetical listing of the English words corresponding to all of the Q’eqchi’ entries in Section II. The dictionary also includes helpful notes on grammatical usage and evidence for borrowed words where possible. In addition, this edition includes entries for many Q’eqchi’ place names and their etymologies and English meanings.

Libro de Expresiones en Q’eqchi’: Con Diccionario de Bolsillo (Spanish Edition)

This book is a useful resource for those traveling in areas where Q’eqchi’ is spoken or for anyone who wants to learn this Mayan language. This includes not only tourists but also medical, humanitarian or religious volunteers working in Q’eqchi’ communities. • Part I is a compilation of over 1,000 phrases presented in 20 principal sections and distributed over more than 100 subtopics. Topics include things like Greetings, Weather, Shopping, Asking Directions, Seeking Help, etc. Each phrase or word is first given in Q’eqchi’ and is then followed by the Spanish equivalent. • Part II contains a compact bilingual dictionary that includes the terms used in the sections and example phrases along with other commonly used words that travelers are likely to need to look up at some point.

Libro de Expresiones en Q'eqchi'
Libro de Expresiones en Q’eqchi’
Libro de Expresiones en Q'eqchi'

Click here to buy a print copy of this book published by Mayaglot.

Book of Phrases, Compact Dictionary (Q’eqchi’)

This publication is a useful resource for those traveling in areas where Q’eqchi’ is spoken or for anyone who wants to learn this Mayan language. This includes tourists and volunteers working in Q’eqchi’ communities. This book is also designed to be useful to speakers of Q’eqchi’ who want to work or study in English-speaking countries. The trilingual format in this book will also be useful for speakers of Q’eqchi’ in Belize who already speak English but who don’t speak Spanish and want to learn it. There is also a bilingual dictionary that include terms that travelers are likely to need to find.

Q’eqchi’ Phrases and Dictionary

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Twenty-Nine Ways to Say ‘Thank You’ in Mayan Languages

On this day of gratitude, multiply the ways that you can say ‘Thanks’!

29 Ways to Say Thank You in Mayan Languages

Now Available: The Mayan Languages (Routledge Language Family Series) 1st Edition

by Judith Aissen (Editor),‎ Nora C. England (Editor),‎ Roberto Zavala Maldonado (Editor)

From the publisher:

The Mayan Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the language family associated with the Classic Mayan civilization (AD 200–900), a family whose individual languages are still spoken today by at least six million indigenous Maya in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.

This unique resource is an ideal reference for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Mayan languages and linguistics. Written by a team of experts in the field, The Mayan Languages presents in-depth accounts of the linguistic features that characterize the thirty-one languages of the family, their historical evolution, and the social context in which they are spoken.

The Mayan Languages:

  • provides detailed grammatical sketches of approximately a third of the Mayan languages, representing most of the branches of the family;
  • includes a section on the historical development of the family, as well as an entirely new sketch of the grammar of “Classic Maya” as represented in the hieroglyphic script;
  • provides detailed state-of-the-art discussions of the principal advances in grammatical analysis of Mayan languages;
  • includes ample discussion of the use of the languages in social, conversational, and poetic contexts.

Consisting of topical chapters on the history, sociolinguistics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse structure, and acquisition of the Mayan languages, this book will be a resource for researchers and other readers with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, language acquisition, and linguistic typology.

22 ways to say ‘I love you’ in Mayan

22 ways to say 'I love you' in Mayan

22 ways to say ‘I love you’ in Mayan

Prevalence of Mayan Languages Spoken in Guatemala

For further visualizations of these data, follow these links to detail for Number of Speakers and Geographic Area. You can also download the data worksheets there.

Prevalence of Mayan Languages in Guatemala (data table)

Prevalence of Mayan Languages in Guatemala

Greetings (in 20 Mayan languages)

View and download the following file with formal greetings in 20 different languages from the Mayan family (including Spanish and English translations):

Formal Greetings in 20 Mayan Languages (Mayan, Spanish, English)

Formal Greetings in 20 Mayan Languages

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